Target: Dr. RD Tanwar, Chief Conservator for Forests
Goal: Urge India to stop using elephants to demolish buildings
Indian officials in the Assam region have been using elephants to demolish huts built by illegal immigrants. Bulldozing illegal immigrants’ homes is not an ethical thing to do in the first place, and using endangered animals to do it is even worse. PETA’s CEO in India, Poorva Joshipura, points out that “forcing these animals to ram into concrete and iron is a violation of Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and shows a total disregard for the welfare of our nation’s heritage animal.”
Elephants are intelligent, sensitive animals who mourn their dead. They have been placed in the same category as chimps and apes in their problem-solving capabilities. They have even been taught to paint and play instruments.
Dr. RD Tanwar, India’s chief conservator for forests, said that “The hilly terrain of the region makes it impossible for bulldozers or any large demolition vehicles to enter the region. And if we send in human demolition squads, people chase them away.”
Now, it’s hard to imagine poor immigrants having the resources to chase away armed government demolition squads. This sounds like a matter of money more than anything else. Elephants are being treated as free labor, just like human slaves. They are rented from their owners for the tasks. Elephants in the Assam region had previously been used to haul timber until the trade was banned.
Please urge Dr. RD Tanwar to stop using elephants as demolishing tools now.
Dear Dr. Tanwar,
We would like to see India stop using elephants to demolish buildings. Elephants may have hauled timber in the past, but these buildings have sharp tin roofs and heavy concrete and iron and can cause great damage to these sensitive animals.
Elephants have been severely endangered in India for years due to poaching. These animals mourn their dead and can play instruments. India has historically had a great deal of respect for elephants: the Hindu god Ganesh has an Indian head.
Please stop using elephants to demolish buildings, for the sake of the elephants and the people living in the buildings. Safer alternatives can be found for both. Thank you.
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